Rt. 66 to Northampton + ADD NEW ROUTE
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This is a shorter ride that I take if I don't have all day, but still want to get a great ride in. For convenience, I've started this route on Rt. 20 in Russell, MA near the Mass Pike (I-90). Follow Rt. 20 West to Rt. 112 North to Rt. 66 East and follow to Northampton. I have this route ending near Smith College in Northampton. I continue into the downtown area for a good lunch. There's plenty of on-street parking.
Road passes near state parks, farmlands, and mountains.
Roads are in very good condition, lots of nice twists and hills, a great variety. It's easy to find yourself getting into the throttle on 66, almost feels like you're on a track!
Route is very rural until you get to Northampton where there is a multitude of dining options. Also a lot of little independent shops if that's what you're into.
I recommend lunch at Sam's Pizzeria and Cafe. It will be on the left just as you start entering the downtown area. It's a quaint cafe with a few outside tables. You can soak up some sun and people watch as you sit down to a good meal. Good service and great food. You can usually park your bike right in front of the restaurant. There will normally be many other bikers in this area as well.
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